Firefighters are expected to remain overnight after a three-alarm fire damaged a pallet yard in Industry and spread to two nearby warehouses, authorities said.
The fire was reported at 8:15 p.m. Saturday at 15530 Salt Lake Ave., the Los Angeles County Fire Department said. A second building was at 15600 Salt Lake Ave. At least one of the warehouses is used by a cardboard manufacturer.
Firefighters went into defensive mode, working to prevent flames from spreading, but the fire did reach both 100,000 square foot warehouses, officials said. However, fire only damaged five percent of each building with sprinklers helping to hold the flames in check, fire officials said.
On Twitter, the department credited “aggressive tactics” with containing the damage.
“Two large commercial buildings exposed to enormous radiant hear were saved by early initiation of a third alarm assignment,” a spokesperson posted on the department’s Twitter account.
A pressure boost was requested for the water system to aid the battle.
The spread was stopped at 9:10 p.m., firefighters said.
Overnight crews were expected to continue extinguishing hot spots.
The blaze caused power lines to go down across railroad tracks used by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad and Metrolink, officials said.
One firefighter suffered an ankle injury and was transported to a hospital for treatment.
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